Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Liberty, Tulamben, Bali, Indonesia

The Liberty, Tulamben, Bali, Indonesia


A long wished dive came along today, diving 'The Liberty' at Tulamben in Bali, Indonesia.

Visibility was great today, between 15 and 20 meters and no current during the two dives, excellent conditions.

How the wreck looks like today

There's plenty of growth on the wreck and plenty of macro and big fish life is to be found. Unfortunately my Canon underwater housing didn't work properly, again. From that point of view it was a frustrating dive.

The Liberty before she was torpedoed

Having stayed at Candi Dasa, the drive over to Tulamben was just around 45 minutes and we arrived very early and had the wreck during the first dive almost to ourselves, which was very enjoyable. It's low season so it wasn't that busy anyway, but in high season, up to 200 divers per day can dive here.

Nembrotha kubaryana

A couple of nudibranches I saw were firsts, like the one above, the nembrotha kubaryana but for some that I spotted my camera didn't work.

The beach entry, big and small black pebbles

We also spotted a bump-head parrot fish, a solitary giant barracuda and plenty of small critters and reef fish and the biggest school of jacks I've ever seen so far, at around 5 meters and you could swim into them and they would completely emerge you.

Another Nembrotha kubaryana

Eel garden

Jacks

Wreck scenes

View on the wreck

If you find yourself on Bali, make sure to visit the Liberty, its well worth your time and effort!

Camille

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